1958 - Wake Technical Community College was chartered April 3, 1958 1961 - The Board of Education names Dr. Kenneth M. Wold as the Center's first Director and charges him with the responsibility of developing a program of training for adults. 1963 - The center opens its doors for its first semester October 7, 1963, in a single building at the Main Campus location, with 34 curriculum students on campus and 270 students enrolled in industrial training programs. The first four classes offered were: Automobile Mechanics, Radio and TV Repair, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, and Mechanical Drafting. Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) was taught at Wake Memorial Hospital.
1963 - First-year enrollment: 34 full-time curriculum students on campus and 270 enrolled in industrial training programs.
1964 - The Center is formally dedicated as the W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center, in honor of a long-time member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. 
1964 - 3,000 students are enrolled in curriculum and continuing education programs during the 1964-1965 academic year.
1964 - 31 students make up the first graduating class of W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center. 
1964 - 31 students make up the first graduating class of W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center. 
1965 - Robert W. LeMay, Jr. is named first president of W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center, a post he will hold until 1980.
1965 - The name is changed to W.W. Holding Technical Institute.
1966 - The State Board of Education licenses the school to award the Associate in Applied Science degree.
1970 - W. W. Holding Technical Institute is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 
1971 - 3.5 acres adjacent to Wake Medical Center are dedicated as the Health Sciences Campus; partnership with Wake Memorial Hospital (Wake Med) announced.
1974 - 7,952 students enrolled in curriculum and continuing education programs during the 1974-1975 academic year, more than double the enrollment 10 years earlier. 
1974 - The name is changed to Wake Technical Institute. 1980 - The name is changed to Wake Technical College.
1980 - Dr. Bruce I. Howell is named the institution's second president.
1984 - The College's enrollment triples in 10 years, with 24,681 students attending the school during the 1984-1985 academic year.
1987 - The name of the college is changed from Wake Technical College to Wake Technical Community College, to reflect the college-level instruction it provides.
1991 - Opening of Health Sciences Campus.
1992 - Wake Tech becomes a fully comprehensive community college when a college transfer program is approved. This allows students enrolled in the program to earn Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees for transfer to a college or university. 
2003 - Dr. Stephen Scott is named Wake Tech's third president upon the retirement of Bruce I. Howell. 
2008 - Wake Tech's Public Safety Training Center opens at 321 Chapanoke Road in Raleigh. It receives full campus status and is renamed the Public Safety Education Campus a year later.
2008 - Competitive athletics added to the college's programs.
2008 - Wake Tech purchases 94 acres near I-40 and 540 in Morrisville for the future RTP Campus. It will be dedicated to meeting the higher education and training needs of students in the western part of Wake County, and will offer specialized training for the business community in Research Triangle Park.
2009 - Wake Tech's Annual Pastry Show is moved to the Raleigh Convention Center, and is eventually renamed the Culinary Arts Showcase.
2012 - Wake Tech becomes the largest community college in North Carolina and is identified as the 2nd fastest -growing community college in the U.S. by Community College Week.
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